Nick Cave, Leslie Cuyjet, Taylor Stanley and more honored by the 2019 Bessies

Nick Cave, Leslie Cuyjet, Taylor Stanley and more honored by the 2019 Bessies

The award recipients for the 2019 New York Dance and Performance Awards, known as the Bessies, were named Monday at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan.

Selected from a dozen works, the four awards for “Outstanding Productions” went to Nick Cave’s “The Let Go,” nora chipaumire’s “#Punk 100% POP *N!GGA,” Tania El Khoury’s “As Far As My Fingertips Take Me” and the Merce Cunningham celebration, “Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event,” staged by Patricia Lent.

Dancers Leslie Cuyjet, Gabrielle Hamilton, Taylor Stanley and Shamar Watt were honored as this year’s “Outstanding Performers.” The Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition and live performance series “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done” took home the title of “Outstanding Revival” for “placing the work in the larger social and political context in which it was made, and giving it new relevance in the current moment.”

Also among the awardees were Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher for “More Forever” (“Outstanding Sound Design / Music Composition”) and the design team of Ni’Ja Whitson’s “Oba Qween Baba King Baba” (“Outstanding Visual Design”).

Joan Myers Brown received the “Lifetime Achievement in Dance” for “helping shape American dance over six decades spent choreographing, training and mentoring dancers at Philadanco.”

The evening’s award ceremony was hosted by multi-hyphenate artist Justin Vivian Bond and featured performances by Camille A. Brown and Dancers in “Migration,” Benjamin Kamino in Daina Ashbee’s “Laborious Song” and Jeroboam Bozeman in a new work by Hope Boykin.

ALL ARTS partnered with the Bessie Awards to capture this year’s ceremony, slated to be broadcast on the ALL ARTS channel on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m., after which it will be available online and on the free ALL ARTS app.

A full list of award recipients can be found here.

Top Image: Leslie Cuyjet in Juliana May’s "Folk Incest" at Arbons Arts Center. Photo by Ian Douglas.